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World Luxury Hotel Awards Visits The Exquisite St. Regis Doha

In October 2016, the World Luxury Hotel Awards team was kindly accommodated by the St. Regis Doha for its 10th anniversary grand gala celebration, also hosted by the property.

One cannot find fault in a hotel of this stature, from the moment you arrive at the airport, the transfers to the hotel are professional and luxurious and the welcome at check in is kind, fluid and efficient. Everything is taken care of for you with a personal butler service who graciously details the workings of your room amenities and equipment. The hotel is spotlessly clean and the rooms are large and spacious, as well as the bathrooms which are incredibly comfortable and luxurious. You cannot go anywhere in the hotel without someone asking you if you need assistance, a drink or direction. You always feel welcome.

Hosting an event of close to 400 guests seemed effortless to the staff who were professional and always portrayed an on-the-ball attitude. No request was too much to ask and each guest was dealt with as an individual.

The hotel boasts 11 dining outlets with more than enough selection to satisfy any dietary needs and wants. For nightlife and entertainment there are two in-house clubs, a jazz club aptly named “The Club”, where a live jazz band sings your feet into boogie vibes, and the prestigious The Rooftop club, where international DJs spinning house, deep house and techno music leave you dancing until the early hours under the warm night sky.

It is an all-round hotel for families, friends, business and couples and no matter what your reason for a stay may be, rest assured your every need will be met.

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World Luxury Hotel Awards celebrates 10th anniversary

29 October 2016, The St. Regis Doha, Qatar – The World Luxury Hotel Awards this year celebrated its 10th anniversary in awarding the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and exceptional service delivery. Hosted on this auspicious occasion by the exquisite St. Regis Doha in Qatar, the evening saw over 350 guests from the world’s leading hotels and resorts gather to be recognised on stage for their outstanding efforts.

Jet-lag was of no consequence with the regal Remède Spa onsite, providing guests with the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa, which boasts 22 treatment rooms, an Olympic-size swimming pool with views of the Arabian Gulf, a private beach and nine exclusive cabanas with Jacuzzis and water sports activities, was awarded Best Luxury Urban Escape in Qatar earlier this year by the World Luxury Spa Awards. It was the perfect oasis for weary travellers.

The evening itself was one of true celebration. Participants from over 50 countries arrived to a grand red carpet welcome and were dazzled with champagne from Varichon & Clerc. Dining was to the perfection of Executive Chef Jean-Luc Morcellet; a chicly decadent 6-course meal was prepared to order and each course was elegantly plated and paired with a fine wine. Guests savoured their meals while being entertained with live, toe-tapping jazz music, performed throughout the evening with Gregory Generet as vocals, Richard D Johnson on piano, Nori Naraoka on bass, Darrian Douglass on drums and Philip Dizack on the trumpet.

A glittering aerial performance by Valeria Baigacheva, who specialises in an extensive range of circus art forms, entertained guests as an aerial chandelier ring was utilised in her unique act. It was a beautiful and elegant display.

Awards were presented to luxury hotels and resorts in over 60 categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Special congratulations on the evening went to the immaculate Armani Hotel Dubai, who was honoured as the prestigious 2016 Global Hotel of the Year. The hotel is situated within the iconic Burj Khalifa and reflects the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that defines Giorgio Armani’s signature style. The hotel is the realisation of the designer’s long-held dream to bring his impeccable style to life with the exceptional Stay with Armani experience which is defined by the highest standards of service excellence, true to the World Luxury Hotel Awards overall winner criteria. Mark Kirby, General Manager for the Armani Hotel Dubai proudly collected the award on stage.

Further exclusive awards on the night were bestowed on Selman Marrakech in Morocco who received the Luxury Elegance Award; Mihir Garh in India received the Extraordinary Luxury Destination Award; SnowHotel in Kemi, Finland received the Bespoke Luxury Experience Award; and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in The Maldives received the Grand Excellence Award. The highly coveted Chairman’s Choice Award was presented to St. Regis Hotels and Resorts worldwide for their inspiring service excellence, defining luxury and overall hospitality on a global level.

In celebration of the decade anniversary, the World Luxury Hotel Awards designed a limited edition trophy for its winners, plated in 24 karat gold and beautifully and meticulously crafted to symbolise elegance, grandeur, majesty and luxury. Winners held their trophy with pride as they were given an opportunity for one-on-one personalised video interviews to speak about their achievement with media.

“We wish to congratulate all our winners for the 2016 award year, who through their tireless efforts and unbounded passion to satisfy their guests needs, have received this honour tonight. True luxury is no small feat, it takes a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered. This is the definition of luxury, this is what defines a World Luxury Hotel Awards winner.” says Anton Perold, Managing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

The evening was MC’d by the captivating businessman Khalifa Al Haroon, Arabian Business Magazine’s’ “Young Achiever of the Year 2014” and CEO and founder of Haroon United Group (HUG) which counts among its stable of companies, ILoveQatar.net, a website portal that aims to bridge the gap between Qatar and its large expatriate population. Closing off the ceremony he invited guests to enjoy the rest of the evening at The Rooftop, the modern and classy open-air club/lounge at the St. Regis Doha. Cocktails and fine champagne were enjoyed, coupled with upbeat music from DJ Sherif Terio, well into the night. It was an evening of magic, surprise and energy, and one not to soon be forgotten!

“We look forward to welcoming our participants at the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz on 2 December 2017 for yet another fantastic night of celebration as we crown our 2017 winners in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.” says Perold.

Joanna EvansMedia Liaison

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Madinat Jumeirah welcomes World Luxury Hotel Awards to Dubai

Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort – Dubai, is a luxurious 5-star hotel and is the largest resort in the United Arab Emirates, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. It is designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town.

We were privileged to have stayed in a Deluxe Arabian Room at the Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, one of the five hotels on this breath-taking property. The room was very comfortable and spacious, it also overlooked the waterways which are used as a primary means of transportation around the property.

Throughout our stay, the staff were consistently helpful and very polite. From the Abra tour operator, lifeguards, check-in staff, breakfast staff and finally our villa butler.

One has everything you may need while staying at the hotel; the Souk Madinat Jumeirah has shops with boutique fashion, jewellery, antiques, perfumes, as well as world-class restaurants and bars for entertainment. The resort has numerous swimming pools, a waterpark, fitness gym, spa, theatre as well as a 2-kilometre private beach with a view of the Burj Al Arab. This property is truly a magical paradise.

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Istanbul and its nightlife – W Istandbul Hotel

W Istanbul Hotel creates an atmosphere that inspires guests to enjoy the nightlife. The hotel and its fascinating architecture are extraordinary. A modern hotel with exciting surprises.

Our room featured an outside terrace with comfortable seating, a perfect setting to relax and enjoy a good bottle of wine. Our travelling experience was made easier as there was a smartphone device in our room, we used it for Google GPS location application when exploring Istanbul. The device comes standard with complimentary data on it, talk about convenience.

Upon entering our room, we were greeted by a singing jukebox; there were also delightful treats waiting for us, traditional Turkish delight.

The service of hotel staff members is impeccable. You will immediately find that they take such pride and joy in their work. They go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need and guarantee comfort. When visiting the W Istanbul hotel, be prepared to have your mind blown away by the atmosphere, design and charm of this unique establishment.

Guest – Jana Vos

To find out more please visit www.wistanbul.com.tr

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World Luxury Hotel Awards travels to Greece – Grand Resort Lagonissi.

Situated 40km outside Athens, Greece, you will find what feels like a hidden paradise – The Grand Resort Lagonissi. This luxurious resort stretches over a vast area of land with all villas overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.

We were privileged to have stayed in a waterfront bungalow room on the beachfront. The room is very comfortable and spacious and featured a gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and best of all, a large balcony overlooking the ocean and surrounding mountains where one can relax and enjoy the picturesque sunset.

The resort had a spectacular range of restaurants, conference facilities, Thalaspa Chenot, gym and water sports. The hotel is the ideal accommodation for the business or leisure traveller.

To find out more please visit www.lagonissiresort.gr

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A delightful visit to Rome – The Kolbe Hotel

The Kolbe Hotel Rome, must be situated in one of the best areas in Italy, with beautiful ancient streets surrounding the hotel.

We were privileged to have stayed in a room with a direct view of the Roman Forum, which is just behind the hotel. We had a rather late check-in, and the staff were so welcoming and helpful to make us settle in. The staff had an extensive knowledge of the tourist attractions within the area and went out of their way to ensure that our stay was memorable and comfortable.

The architecture of the hotel fits in perfectly with the history and culture of the city, and the building design makes one appreciate the experience even more.

Guests can enjoy a tasteful buffet breakfast by sitting in the beautiful garden of the hotel, surrounded by nature, birds, peace and tranquillity. One of the highlights of visiting the Kolbe Hotel was to meet the Managing Director, Mr Carlo Izzo. He prides in his property and achievements. We highly recommend anyone visiting Rome to book their stay at this delightful property, with their unsurpassed service delivery and cultural heritage.

Guest – Jana Vos

To find out more please visit their website at www.kolbehotelrome.com

Kolbe Hotel Rome- Mr. Carlo Izzo

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France 24 – “Liberté, Egalité, Actualité”.

World Luxury Hotel Awards and France 24 have been in partnership for many years. It is with great pride and respect that this widely recognised organisation is our primary sponsor.

144 news bulletins a day in three languages: France 24 is the French TV channel that brings you every day the largest number of newscasts. They are the channel’s backbone and provide news that is honest, relevant, responsive, different and committed to defending human dignity wherever it is denied, while respecting journalistic ethics. 100 bureaus throughout the world. France 24 is the French TV channel with the largest worldwide network of correspondents and are present everywhere on the planet. With 400 Paris-based journalists, representing 35 different nationalities. This diversity, as well as their professionalism, means that the values of open-mindedness, tolerance, and understanding others are simply a matter of course within their organisation.

France 24 was born with the new media generation, and its rapid success has been built on its presence on every kind of screens, in three languages (the Internet, mobile applications, social networks, connected TVs). Their new website and mobile application further accentuating its social dimension.

Ever since its launch, the channel has stood out for its originality and its pioneering role in this area. Its offer is continually updated to ensure that it is always the first channel to adapt to the latest innovations.

France 24 consists of three separate TV channels which broadcast in French, English and Arabic 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They share the same mission of providing a global public service and an official editorial stance. The website is also available in three languages. The journalists from the three channels work together, pooling their expertise. France 24 broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 250 million TV households in 177 countries around the world. In addition to this non-stop broadcasting service, 71 million TV households receive the channel through part-time distribution agreements with national broadcasters. 19 satellites carry at least one of France 24’s three signals to ensure worldwide coverage, allowing direct satellite reception as well as access to nearly 700 distribution contracts with pay providers.

The channel is available via cable, satellite, ADSL, on mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs. France 24 is also available via DTT in several countries around the world: Italy, Denmark, DRC,Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mauritius, Estonia, Haiti, the United States, Laos and Cambodia.

For more information please visit their website: www.france24.com

 

 

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2016 World Luxury Spa Awards Winners

It is with great pleasure that we celebrate a highly successful 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards’ season. We want to thank our participating spas for their continued and loyal support.

Congratulations to each and every one of our 389 category winners and especially to our Overall Global Winner, the Portugal-based Sayanna Wellness, EPIC SANA Algarve. As a luxury resort and fitness spa with the focus on wellness, Sayanna is one of the leaders in achieving total life transformation, wellbeing and longevity.

Our hugely successful first spa and restaurant gala event was concluded at the exquisite 5- star Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina in Switzerland. Guests were pampered in lavishly furnished rooms and the spa and wellness at Grand Hotel Kronenhof comforted tired bodies in an oasis stretching over 2,000 square meters, specially designed to bring natural freshness inside. Spas from all over the world were present and media coverage at the event included interviews and filming as each attendee was rewarded with their trophy on stage. Cultural performances by the Alphorn Players and Leo Wundergut & the Jetset-Singers complemented the sumptuous 6-course dinner that was hosted in the hotel’s signature Grand Restaurant

What an amazing evening was had by all at this Swiss National Heritage Site. Situated 1,800m above sea level in Pontresina, a city founded more than 1,000 years ago and just 6 kilometres away from St. Moritz, this magnificent hotel was the perfect setting for this spectacular inaugural gala event!

Maintaining and awarding the highest standards within the global luxury spa sector remains our primary goal. This motto is reflected in our distinguished list of prestigious winners, some of which have been a part of our Luxury Awards family for many years. We would like to give the guest a feeling of security when booking a World Luxury Spa Awards recognised spa as their first preference.

We pledge our continued support through substantial marketing and promotional campaigns to promote participants on a global scale using an online spa profile hosted by the World Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards website as well as media-networking opportunities with our established sponsors and media partners. This has proven in the past to raise service standards within the luxury spa industry and ensure awareness of your brand. We support all participants equally in promoting their status with our Awards and it is our wish to have a long and successful journey with you. It is with great pleasure that we can announce our next gala event to be hosted at the JW Marriott Hanoi in Vietnam on 22 July 2017, and we look forward to seeing each of you there.

Marna Lourens

Executive Manager

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The St Regis Doha, Qatar, To Host 10th Anniversary Hotel Awards

World Luxury Hotel Awards is honoured to announce that the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony will be hosted by The St Regis Doha in Qatar –

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The 10th Anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards and this year’s annual gala ceremony will be a celebration of legendary proportion. The World Luxury Hotel Awards event will offer hoteliers the unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.

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The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in over 50 different categories on a country, regional and global basis. Public vote selects allwinners, reflecting real recognition for the hard work and dedication of hotel staff and hotel standards. Centrally located for all international travellers and set in Middle Eastern mystique, The St. Regis Doha presents interiors styled in modern opulence overlooking the Arabian Gulf’s tranquil blue sea. All around are the towering sand dunes and ancient architecture that make up the picturesque landscape of the region. Continuing a century-old tradition, all guests who stay at the hotel will be provided with their own butler for the duration of their stay, ensuring the highest levels of bespoke service. The St. Regis Doha features 336 rooms including 70 suites – all offering soothing views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel features ten restaurants and bars, 4,000-square- meters of meeting space and extensive recreational facilities including Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and beachfront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.

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